PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Jan. 25-31: Arena Stage Gets Political and Renée Fleming Will Play Williamstown

By Robert Simonson
31 Jan 2014

Adjmi went to federal court this week to try and salvage the fate of his play. According to the New York Times, "Mr. Adjmi’s lawyers, citing the First Amendment and the legal doctrine of fair use, argue that 3C is an original parody that only borrows some elements from the sitcom to examine its premise, character types, and homophobia and sexism in that era."

Among the examples of fair use doctrine that Mr. Adjmi’s lawyers cited were Dog Sees God, a parodic spin on Peanuts cartoon characters, and Mr. Burns, which drew on "The Simpsons" for inspiration.


Chalk up another victim of the winter doldrums.

Mary Bridget Davies
photo by Joan Marcus

The Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin, which began previews Sept. 20, 2013, prior to an official opening Oct. 10, will play its final performance Feb. 9 at 7 PM at the Lyceum Theatre.

The production, which will have played 22 previews and 141 regular performances on Broadway, will move to a new home in New York City in March — where, hasn't been announced yet.

A Night With Janis Joplin arrived in New York following engagements at Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.


Dick Cavett, it seems, never tires of his own life.

Abingdon Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Hellman v. McCarthy, Brian Richard Mori's drama about authors Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, with performances beginning March 14. The fight began Jan. 25, 1980, when McCarthy appeared as a guest on "The Dick Cavett Show" and declared that "every word [playwright Lillian Hellman] writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" Hellman went ballistic and sued McCarthy for libel.

Roberta Maxwell will play Lillian Hellman, and Marcia Rodd will play Mary McCarthy. Who will play Cavett? Well, Dick Cavett, of course.

Sometime in the near future, expect Cavett to appear somewhere regaling an audience with the droll tale of the time he played a past version of himself in a play.